There really isn’t a situation on stage that I feel like I won’t know how to handle. There’s some that I know that I can’t overcome. There are things where I’m like, ‘This crowd is just not gonna like me,’ but I also have a plan for that. You have to stay cool. You can’t let them change your plan. … I know even if I don’t open well, it’ll be okay; even if I lose them, I’ll get them back.
When I was first starting in New York, they had prom shows where they’d fill the audience with kids that were just at their prom and they’re all drunk on limousine booze and as soon as you get on stage, they start yelling at you, before they decide if they like you or not. They boo you when you hit the stage. I used to eat prom shows for dinner. I used to book as many prom shows as I could. … I’ve been on stage with people yelling and booing and throwing stuff at me and I’ve hung in there."